Daniel Jones

Daniel N. Jones is currently an Associate Professor of Management in the College of Business at the University of Nevada Reno (UNR) and a core faculty member in the Interdisciplinary Social Psychology Program. Prior to UNR, Dr. Jones was an Assistant Professor of Legal Psychology at the University of Texas, El Paso. He received his BS in psychology from Stockton University and his Ph.D. in Social / Personality Psychology from the University of British Columbia in 2011. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters, many in flagship journals such as Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Business Ethics, and Perspectives on Psychological Science. In 2019, Dr. Jones received the Early Career Award from the Western Psychological Association. He has also received several grants from agencies such as the National Science Foundation and Army Research Laboratory to study dark personalities as they pertain to topics such as secret disclosure, phishing attacks, and cyber-security.

Historically, his research has focused on the differentiation of the Dark Triad (Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and narcissism) and Dark Tetrad (Dark Triad + sadism) of personality. Dr. Jones has published several influential pieces on the overlap and distinction of these traits, with a special focus on the vexing trait of Machiavellianism. His research has expanded to discuss differential models of betrayal, long vs. short-term deception, organizational harm, and novel perspectives on destructive leadership. Most importantly, Dr. Jones is examining the utility of the Dark Triad traits in different contexts and is developing interventions that are designed to prevent the harm these traits cause. However, Dr. Jones is not only focused on manipulative behavior. For example, he has also authored a forthcoming book on “Emophilia: The Science of Serial Romance,” with Oxford University Press. This book addresses the dispositional tendency to fall in love fast, easily, and often. Dr. Jones’ passion lies at the nexus of multiple disciplines, including Organizational Behavior, Management, and Psychology, especially where one can utilize new solutions to solve real problems. Specifically, his next steps are to establish a consulting presence to implement many of the evidence-based solutions he’s developed.

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